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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

This https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/busine...t-happens-next


Am glad that work is being done to reighn in the overwhelming hype for driving assistance especially anything called automated driving. As a robotics engineer with about half my career left I doubt I will see properly safe and sound autonomous driving in large numbers on standard UK roads in my lifetime, where the driver is not required to oversee proceedings.
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This https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/busine...t-happens-next


Am glad that work is being done to reighn in the overwhelming hype for driving assistance especially anything called automated driving. As a robotics engineer with about half my career left I doubt I will see properly safe and sound autonomous driving in large numbers on standard UK roads in my lifetime, where the driver is not required to oversee proceedings.
I'm a big fan of science fiction and read every night for about an hour before sleeping. Vehicles controlled by AI have long been the norm in these tales. I think there is little doubt it will come and, once reliable, it is likely to be a lot safer.

What I find very worrying in the present day is the proliferation of devices and features which have the potential to distract the driver. Mobile phones are bad enough but the modern touch screen with the multiple screens you can scroll through and even when you get to the screen you want the multichoices you are then presented with, all of which requires you to look away from the road to make your choice, really should be banned for driver use. The old type controls of knobs and buttons could be easily selected by touch alone and did not require you to take your eyes off "the action"! It's really pretty obvious that telling people they are breaking the law if they "fiddle" with their mobile phone when driving and will be prosecuted is not working and it's easy to see people frequently looking down at their touch screens. In this day of technical inovation is it not possible to make all cars and mobile phones "talk" to eachother such that they become disabled for use in the driving seat? - with the exception of sat nav perhaps - even speaking hands free is proven to distract most people's brain too much in an emergency situation.
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A Polish colleague of mine who holidays abroad, lives about an hour away from work, and drives an old Honda CRV wearing a "People's Climate March" t-shirt. Anyone else see the irony?
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What I find very worrying in the present day is the proliferation of devices and features which have the potential to distract the driver. Mobile phones are bad enough but the modern touch screen with the multiple screens you can scroll through and even when you get to the screen you want the multichoices you are then presented with, all of which requires you to look away from the road to make your choice, really should be banned for driver use. The old type controls of knobs and buttons could be easily selected by touch alone and did not require you to take your eyes off "the action"! It's really pretty obvious that telling people they are breaking the law if they "fiddle" with their mobile phone when driving and will be prosecuted is not working and it's easy to see people frequently looking down at their touch screens. In this day of technical inovation is it not possible to make all cars and mobile phones "talk" to eachother such that they become disabled for use in the driving seat? - with the exception of sat nav perhaps - even speaking hands free is proven to distract most people's brain too much in an emergency situation.
I couldn't agree more! For me personally, buying a "current generation" car is completely pointless these days.
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In this day of technical inovation is it not possible to make all cars and mobile phones "talk" to eachother such that they become disabled for use in the driving seat? - with the exception of sat nav perhaps - even speaking hands free is proven to distract most people's brain too much in an emergency situation.
Yep and they do, new phones can stop incoming and outgoing calls while driving, though itís possible for the user to overrule this.

Also new cars have mirroring technologies, for example android auto and Apple CarPlay will show a limited set of phone functions on the touch screen instead of having to use the phone, steering wheel controls can control the phone, and more useful voice software can control functions all without having to look away fro the road.

A lot of touch screens on cars are now being mounted high up on the dash so they are in line of site without taking your eyes off the road. In addition to this they have head up displays that project information onto the windscreen.

Also Iím the next few years all cars will be replacing the dash dials with a customisable LCD screen, able to feed much more info back to the driver safely
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That’s some good work, I did a 10k last Sunday in 1h 8m
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Thatís some good work, I did a 10k last Sunday in 1h 8m
Nice tbf I've been doing it longer than you, iirc you only really started last year.

It's a fair bit longer than my usual distance so I was happy with it. I usually do 8k in 50/55 minutes but on a much hillier course through the local wood on the deer tracks. Like to do the odd flat ish run (nowhere is actually flat round here) to see what I could actually do if I wasn't zig zagging through the trees. It's nice just to be able to pace without thinking "I need to save something for the monster hill" or I need to run a 6 minute pace on this bit to try and carry the pace up the brutal hill that's coming".
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I did start about this time last year, is much flatter hear, last weeks run was on a former RAF runway so completely flat 2x 5k laps

I have a bit of a barrier to improving my speed at the moment, I don’t get out of breath, infact on the 10k I was happily plodding along putting in no more breathing effort than had I been walking, for some reason I just can’t pick up the pace mostly due to fatigue in my legs.
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I did start about this time last year, is much flatter hear, last weeks run was on a former RAF runway so completely flat 2x 5k laps

I have a bit of a barrier to improving my speed at the moment, I don’t get out of breath, infact on the 10k I was happily plodding along putting in no more breathing effort than had I been walking, for some reason I just can’t pick up the pace mostly due to fatigue in my legs.
Depends how hard you've been hitting it, if you've done 25 miles already this week you aren't likely to go hit a PB in my opinion. I tend to take a day off or go on our cross trainer to give my knees a rest/use different muscles then hit hard it the next day.

Although 10k on an airfield is my idea of purgatory just because I'm used to fairly serious cross country (I see down hill mountain bikers on my routes) you get a feeling of movement and speed far more than on flat tarmac. Guess it's the difference between doing 60 on a road in the peak district or on a dry empty dual carriageway. Both are the same speed yet the monotony is as much of an issue as fatigue itself for me.
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We've had our old bathroom suite out the back since January. Basically waiting for the guy who fitted it to take it away..but he gave us a story about taking it to the tip and them refusing to take it.

Anyway social services are coming out Wednesday to check we don't live in a drugs den festooned with needles and broken glass before the baby arrives and the outside toilet situation was not a good look. Rang round local man and van operations.. 60 quid. Local council wanted 30 for someone to come out to actually give a price nevermind take it away..

Ah well smashing the sanitary ware into rubble sacks and sawing the bath in half it is.

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You could plate the end and you've created a baby bath. Or fill it with earth and create a raised flower bed.

Domestic waste is accepted at council tips. Commercial waste is accepted at only selected ones, and a charge made, as paperwork has to be filed. If your plumber takes it away, it costs, so he has to pass that charge to you. Similarly, the council have to pay, to themselves, the same disposal charge, hence the need to view it first. This is also why there is so much fly-tipping.
Arriving at a local tip with a van or trailer can get questions asked. Some even get silly, making a fuss about any 'business' vehicle. My local tip will try to charge me for commercial waste disposal if I arrive in the AA Driving School car.
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Persons involved are a council tax payer in the same catchment area as me...and they don't have a van never mind one with sign writing.

The fact it needed to be chopped in half/smashed up to fit in a Mazda 3 yet apparently fitted entirely in their Nissan Note intact only to be turned away at the gate of the tip..well I take that story with an entire bag of salt.

I'm well aware of the vagaries of getting rid stuff unfortunately having been looking into getting rid of this particular impromptu pond for a fortnight. I was originally going to hire a van as you can do so, contact the council to say, that you are a resident bringing stuff to them in a hired van and they'll let you on site as long as you pinkie swear it's not trade waste. But due to shifts I'd have had the van for 4 days so ended up not being cost effective either.

In the end I got annoyed with the whole thing hence the f**k it I'll sort it myself with maximum prejudice..
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Persons involved are a council tax payer in the same catchment area as me...and they don't have a van never mind one with sign writing.
Quite likely the tip staff recognise him.
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